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Through the arts, our collective creativity has the ability to build personal and communal connections to our Judaism and to God. We named this festival in recognition of B’TZALEL, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle who was in charge of building the Ark of the Covenant. He was said to be highly gifted as a workman, showing great skill and originality in engraving precious metals and stones and in wood-carving. He was also a master-workman, having many apprentices under him whom he instructed in the arts. Through his wisdom and knowledge he was able to bring out great skills in others to create the place where God would dwell. Temple Beth El will host its first ever B’TZALEL ARTS FESTIVAL, where gifted artists from within our own temple community will be sharing their talents with us through a series of arts workshops through the month of May 2017. CONNECT! CREATE! COLLABORATE! The festival culminates on Sunday, June 4th at 4pm with an opportunity to SEE, HEAR, and TASTE the creations at our Artist Showcase.


Sponsored in part by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services



Creating Dance and Physical Theater the B’tzalel Way
with Ellen Prince

Class Dates/Time: Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16 & 30,
6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: TBE Banquet Hall
Age: 13+

Price: Member $45/Non-member $55
Come create and play through guided exploration, improvisation, and collaborative choreography on the B’tzalel Arts Festival’s theme: “Bridge of Peace”. Participants will learn basic choreography and physical theater composition in a fun and creative way. (4-session class)

Stories In My Pocket
with Ilana Rogel-Wieder

Class Dates/Times: Wednesday, May 3, 17 and 31, 7 – 9PM and
Sunday, May 7 and 28, 1:30 – 3:30PM
(to be arranged with instructor)
Location: Chapel
Age: 16+
Price: Members $45/Non-member $55

Stories In My Pocket” is a Dramatic Storytelling workshop. This workshop series will broaden each participant’s understanding of performance in a playful, encouraging, and collaborative atmosphere. We will each write our own special stories, weaving them together in a grand finale performance that will allow our community to experience our own unique “Bridge of Peace.” No significant memorization will be required. Whether you’re a seasoned performer, or think you’re shy or not that creative, this workshop is for you! (5-session class)


Temple Beth El’s new youth choir is comprosed of youth from 3rd grade and up. Kochavim, which means “stars” in Hebrew, is a reminder that our youth bring light through their music, inspiring the next generation of leaders and dedicated Jews. Like our adult choir, they participate in various services and events throughout the year, and look forward to being part of the B’tzalel Arts Festival
on June 4th.

Kol Haneshamah

Temple Beth El’s adult choir, led by Cantor Natalie Young, is made up of dedicated volunteers who share a passion for Jewish music. The choir sings throughout the High Holiday season and at various services and events during the year. Their soul-filling music can be heard both at home and out in the greater community. Come join us!

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